Old Dominion vs. Tulsa Myrtle Beach Bowl Best Bets and Odds Analysis

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Shamari Brooks #3 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane celebrates with Sam Crawford Jr #9 after scoring a touchdown. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP.

A pair of .500 teams will suit up and lock horns on Monday, December 20th when Old Dominion and Tulsa tangle at the Myrtle Beach Bowl in Conway, South Carolina. Let’s examine this mid-afternoon matchup and keep cashing our college football picks!

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Old Dominion Monarchs

Monday, December 20, 2021 – 02:30 PM EST at Brooks Stadium

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and if you don’t believe me, just ask the boys from Old Dominion. The Monarchs began the season with a 1-6 record but rapidly gained traction, reeling off five consecutive wins to finish at .500 and putting them in a minor bowl game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

The Monarchs averaged 36 points and allowed 22.2 points per game over the course of their winning streak and the turnaround came when they switched from UCF transfer D.J. Mack Jr. to freshman quarterback Hayden Wolff. Mack started the first six games with Wolf getting only a smattering of snaps before being given the keys to the car in their 43-20 loss to Western Kentucky.

But head coach, Ricky Rahne, liked what he saw in the lanky 6’5” freshman after he passed for 327 yards in that loss. It was far from perfect, with Wolff tossing a pair of picks but the passing game definitely experienced an uptick and his patience proved to be fortuitous. The Monarchs would roll after that and so too would Wolff, averaging 258 yards per game and tossing nine touchdown strikes to just four picks. Wolff is raw but he is good and the results speak for themselves.

The season culminated in a 56-34 win over Charlotte in which Wolff passed for a season-best 328 yards and three touchdowns along with a pair of interceptions. And although the Monarchs let a 28-7 lead evaporate, they had enough grit to compose themselves and cruise to the 22-point win. They also copped a bowl bid in the process.

The Hurricane Save Best for Last

Although Tulsa’s road to the Myrtle Beach Bowl wasn’t as dramatic as their opponent's, they did need to win their last three to earn a .500 record and a postseason date with the Monarchs. After delivering an exciting 20-13 overtime victory against Tulane the Hurricane blew Temple out in their next performance by the score of 44-10.

Following that big win, they had a date with SMU in hostile territory to wrap the season and the college football odds at all of the best online sportsbooks installed Tulsa as 6 ½ point road dogs. But the books had the wrong favorite as the Golden Hurricane dug themselves out of a 17-0 hole in the opening quarter to reel off 31 unanswered points. But that lead was as tenuous as SMU’s earlier in the game as the Mustangs returned the favor by pulling to within three points but ultimately came up short in Tulsa’s 34-31 victory.

Wanna Make a Bet?

Old Dominion is a 9 to 9 ½ point neutral-site favorite in this one and I’m not sure why. These teams match up well on paper which makes me wonder why the spread is so high on a team that couldn’t get out of their own way earlier in the season, and will now face a team that ranks higher than them in passing yards (246.4 to 218), rushing yards (187.6 to 167.4), and owns a better pass defense (231.8 to 247.7).

And to take it one step further, it is not like Old Dominion’s Conference USA offers a better caliber of competition than Tulsa’s AAC. I’m just not convinced that the Monarchs are worthy of being nearly a double-digit favorite in this one and as good as Old Dom has been down the stretch, the Hurricane has won their last three and covered their last four. And to add to that, Old Dominion is 2-4 on the road and this will be at a neutral site, technically a road game.

This is a good spot to bet a live dog so take the points and cash a ticket!

Free College Football Pick: Tulsa -9 ½ (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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